White Rock Bed & Breakfast Lochgilphead - Walking and other outdoor activities. Riding and waterbased activities nearby. Exploration of historic area. "Pilgrim trail" of early Christian sites.
"Surrounded by nature, living in history"
We offer you the peace and quiet of our 18th century crofthouse set high in the hills of Argyll. On our 70 acre farm, if you choose, you can meet our small herd of Highland cattle, our Jacob's sheep and an assortment of dogs, cats, hens, ducks and geese.
In the farmhouse, you have a choice of 2 guest bedrooms:
1 double-bedded room with shower and wash hand basin
1 single / small double with wash hand basin
Both rooms have tea/coffee making facilities - and wonderful views!
The full breakfast can include laid-that-morning eggs and homemade bread, with organic/vegetarian choices, served in the guests' dining-sitting room.
There is television and radio in this room, together with plenty of reading material, should you want to spend an evening indoors.
We can provide an evening meal - and picnic lunches - if required, with homegrown vegetables when available.
We are just 4 miles from the village of Tayvallich, with its well-known inn, and within easy reach of several other eating-places to suit all tastes.
:: THINGS TO DO
See Highland cattle and wild flowers on the farm
Ideal for bird watching, sailing, fishing, horse riding, golf, etc.
Explore the gardens, castles and coastline of Argyll. Discover a wealth of archaeological sites
6 miles from Kilmartin House Museum 8 miles from Lochgilphead
Short drive to ferry terminals for Islay & Arran
Leac Na Ban is a great place for naturalists. If you are lucky you might see pine marten, red squirrel, stoats or weasels, even a badger in the gloaming. Some summer evenings a herd of red deer graze across the pasture (and come to eat our garden plants!) while sika and roe deer can often be glimpsed in the woods.
Ornithologists will enjoy our range of bird life: siskins, cuckoos, ravens, buzzards, owls, finches, snipe, skylark, swallows, martins, and herons, to name just a few. Ospreys nest not far away, and on occasion we have been visited by black cock, green woodpeckers and, once, a golden eagle. Slow worms and lizards bask on the drystone dykes, while toads and frogs lurk in the damperies.
We have an abundance of wild flowers, starting in spring with primroses, bluebells and violets, through to the irises and orchids of summer, the pinguicula, water avens, harebells, and a rare white thyme. Indeed, a geography field trip identified well over 50 varieties of plant life in just four small selected sites on the farm.
This is a wonderful place to relax, to paint, or write, or just to do some of the local trails. Walk down the ancient drove road through our farmland, and on through the woodland to the little church at Bellanoch, or for a longer trek, over the hill to Crinan Harbour. You will be free to explore our interesting ancient sites, and if you are so inclined, in season you might help us hand turn and bring in the hay!
We also run arts, crafts and theatre workshops; while you are on holiday you might like to learn about rush seating or props making, and there are always examples of local artists' crafts for sale, as souvenirs of your visit.
Opportunities for outdoor activities in the vicinity include sailing, fishing, swimming, horse riding, mountain biking, and golf. Horses, boats and bikes can be hired locally.
Leac Na Ban is ideally situated for exploring Argyll, with ready access via the A819 both north and south, from Fort William to Campbeltown.
Within comfortable driving distance can be found several castles, gardens, churches, prehistoric and early-industrial sites, and nature trails. And if you're interested, ask us about our Pilgrims' Trail, by road and sea, to early Christian sites.
We have a large selection of leaflets to help you plan your days and get the most out of your holiday.
We are at the head of the tongue of land that reaches out into the Sound of Jura, and several ferry terminals are within easy reach for day trips to the islands.
Kennacraig (26 miles) - CalMac ferry to Islay
Claonaig (30 miles) - CalMac ferry to Arran
Oban (35 miles) - CalMac ferries to Mull & Lismore
Crinan (4 miles) - local Water Taxi service to Jura, Islay & Mull.
White Rock Bed & Breakfast - Lochgilphead - Argyll and Bute
Contact: Polly & Alex Hamilton Tel: 01546 870 310 - Website: > (Click Here)